Date: Sat, 01 Oct 2005
From: Joan Woodward, Animal Reaction Specialist
Subject: Lancaster, Missouri, March 6, 1969
Animal Reaction Feature:
At 10:30 a.m. on a clear, sunny day, a St. Bernard, traveling in a car with its owner, was sleeping on the back seat. The dog suddenly started barking, jumped into the front and tried to hide under the dashboard. Its ruff was bristling and it was whimpering, and was described by the driver as “highly agitated.” The driver saw a bright blue-white beam shinning onto the road ahead. As her car entered the beam, she looked up and saw a domed disc hovering an estimated 1000 feet above the road.
The blue-white beam covered the entire road, and there appeared to be dust particles in the beam. The road beyond the beam was visually distorted as if viewed through heat waves. As the car entered the beam, its speed slowed abruptly from 50 to 8 mph even though the accelerator was pushed to the floor. Looking up, the woman could see the beam was coming from a small opening in the base of a silver or gray, metallic-looking domed disc. The beam was cone shaped, narrow at the top and wide at the bottom. The beam was so brilliant that she had to squint and her eyes were irritated for 3 days. After passing through the beam, the car picked up speed and ran normally. The witness commented that the car did not start to miss but just slowed.
No sound was reported. EM and physiological effects were reported.
Hall, Richard H., 2001, The UFO Evidence, Volume II, Lanham, Maryland, Scarecrow Press, pages 38-39:
A woman (name on file) was driving home on March 6, 1969, in Lancaster, MO, on a clear sunny day with her St. Bernard dog sleeping on the back seat. The dog suddenly started barking, jumped into the front seat with the hair on its back bristling, frightened and whimpering, and tried to hide under the dashboard or front seat (animal reactions). At this point the woman saw a very bright blue-white light beam shining down on the road just ahead. It illuminated the full 24-foot (7-meter) width of the road and about a foot (30 cm) beyond on each side. What looked like dust particles were visible in the beam. The road beyond the beam was distorted as through viewed through heat waves.
The car was going 50-55 mph (80-90 km/h) when it entered the beam, and slowed abruptly to about 10 mph (16 km/h), despite the fact that the accelerator pedal was pressed to the floor (inertial effect). The woman looked up and saw a silver, metallic-appearing domed disc hovering above the road. Its brilliant light caused her to squint. The beam was coming from a small opening in the base. After passing through the beam, the car picked up speed again and ran smoothly. The woman’s eyes were irritated for about three days after the incident (physiological effects). (5)
(5) Flying Saucer Review Case Histories, Supplement 8 (December 1971): 11. Investigator: Ted Phillips.
Keyhoe, Donald E., and Gordon I. R. Lore, 1969, Strange Effects from UFOs, Washington, D.C., NICAP, page 32 [copied below]:
A Lancaster, Missouri, housewife was traveling in her 1964 Corvair toward her home from Glenwood on Highway 202 at 10:30 in the morning, March 10, 1969. Her dog was on the back seat.
She saw a large, bright beam of light that almost completely covered the highway in front of her. The beam was being emitted from the bottom of a gray disc with a dome on top that was hovering at about a thousand feet altitude. The cone-shaped beam was narrow at the top and wide at the bottom.
As the witness drove into the beam, her automobile slowed.
“My car’s speed dropped from 50 m.p.h. to 8 m.p.h,” she told NICAP. “It did not start to miss; it merely slowed to that speed, although I had the footfeed on the floor.”
When the car left the beam, it again functioned normally.
Both the witness and the dog were frightened. The animal jumped from the back seat to the front and was “highly agitated.” The housewife also said that her eyes hurt for several days after the sighting.
The case was investigated by NICAP member Robert Smulling.